The Top Five
• The City Ballet School will perform “The Nutcracker” 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $25 to $31. Call 301-790-2000 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.
• Shepherdstown School of Dance will perform “The Nutcracker” 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. Shepherd University’s Frank Arts Center, off W.Va. 45, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $12 by Friday, Dec. 10; $17 on Dec. 11. Call 304-264-1832.
• Ballet and All That Jazz students will perform excerpts from “The Nutcracker” plus a liturgical dance 6 p.m. today, Dec. 9, at Potomac Towers, 11 W. Baltimore St., Hagerstown. Free; the public is invited. Additional performances at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown; and 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at Western Maryland Hospital Center, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Call the school at 301-797-2100.
Olde Tyme Christmas
Christmas activities in Funkstown Community Park, wagon rides, caroling at St. Paul Lutheran Church and extended shopping hours. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday throughout Funkstown. For complete schedule, go to www.funkstown.com.
Happy birthday, USMH
University System of Maryland at Hagerstown will celebrate its five-year anniversary with music by Barbara Ingram School for the Fine Arts students, plus a string quartet, choir and a guitar group. An actress portraying Queen Elizabeth will mingle with the crowd. 5 p.m. Friday at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $50 per person; proceeds will benefit the USMH Scholarship Fund. Call 240-527-2722.
Plumb Grove Christmas
Clear Spring Historical Society members plan a Currier and Ives-themed Christmas for visitors. 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Plumb Grove, corner Broadfording Road and North Martin Street, Clear Spring. Admission costs $5, adults. Call Clear Spring Town Hall, 301-842-2342.
What does Rover want for Christmas?
Cats, dogs and domesticated pets are invited to meet Santa and take their picture with the famous fellow at his festive home at Valley Mall. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Halfway. For more information, visit www.shopthevalleymall.com.
Top Five Free
Medieval Christmas music
The Early Music Ensemble will present a concert of medieval and Renaissance Christmas music. 8 p.m. today at Hood College’s Brodbeck Music Hall, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, Md. Call 301-696-3429 or e-mail email@example.com.
Civil War Santa
Christmas program with caroling, historical talk and Kevin Rawlings in Civil War Santa Claus outfit who will read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and visit with children of all ages. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Free.
Community art show
Choose Civility is the theme of this year’s community art show. Local artists will display their work in various mediums. Reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit continues through Wednesday, Jan. 5. Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132.
Festival of Lights
The Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform in the chapel of the funeral home. Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, followed by the lighting of luminarias at 4 p.m. as a bagpiper plays. Rest Haven Funeral Chapel and Cemetery, Hagerstown. Open to the public. Call 301-733-3575.
Hagerstown Choral Arts and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students will sing Handel’s “Messiah.” 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown. Free; a free-will offering will be collected. Call 301-665-9424.